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Romania: All the ONJN leadership has been replaced

Zoltan Tundik

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Dan Iliovici speaking in the IMGL MasterClass at CEEGC Budapest 2017. Photo copyrights reserved for European Gaming Media and Events
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All the leadership of the Romanian National Office for Gambling (ONJN) was replaced yesterday by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. Appointed President of the Office in March 2017, Dan Iliovici was removed from office after one year and two months, being replaced by Marius Sebastian Ionescu, the now former Director-General of the General Directorate for Computerization and Monitoring of Gambling at ONJN. The news is accordance with the information published in Official Gazette or Romania.

The changes are not stopping here as according to local sources, Vice-President Valentin Korman has been replaced with Mihai George Roventa, Head of Service at the Control Slots, Lotto Games, On-Line Games and Betting – and the Secretary General Florin Preda, with Tudor Simota, Director General of the Directorate-General for Supervision and Control.

Dan Iliovici was surprised by Prime Minister Dăncilă’s decision to replace him as president of the ONJN. He stated that: “It was an extraordinary experience and I thank all the collaborators, both my colleagues in the Office and those in the industry. I hope that our work will be taken forward for the good of the gambling market, but especially of the players “.

EuropeanGaming.eu: With this opportunity we would like to thank Mr. Dan Iliovici for the commitment he has shown for the industry as a regulator by being present as a speaker at our events in Budapest and Prague. We look forward to working with Mr. Iliovici on upcoming projects as well.

Source: Bursa.ro

 

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Bulgaria debut for ITL Spectral recycler & ICU age verification

George Miller

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Bulgaria debut for ITL Spectral recycler & ICU age verification
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The leading exhibition for the gaming and entertainment industry in Eastern Europe takes place at the Inter Expo Center in Sofia, Bulgaria on 20-21 November 2019.   Innovative Technology will demo their latest innovations at BEGE (Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Expo) including age verification and Spectral technology.

Sasha Kragulj, Business Development Manager said, “Our presence in the region continues to expand and we have been showcasing our products at various events around Eastern Europe over the past year.”

“We are eager to show BEGE visitors the new Spectral Payout. This unit is ideal for high volume applications requiring secure, multi-denomination recycling.  It offers 80 note true mixed denomination recycling and large storage capacity for all denominations eliminating coin starvation & reducing the coin float level required to keep machines operational.  Utilising the NV200 Spectral validator this recycler boasts state-of-the-art Spectral technology, offering the highest level of security with 100% note image capture and stained note detection.

Installing this unit in conjunction with the SMART Coin System (SCS) – a bulk coin validator, mixed coin hopper and recycler in one, results in fast, multi-denomination recycling for both notes and coins.  The SCS has a market leading coin hopper capacity with payout speeds of up to 12 coins per second to eliminating coin starvation, the need for multiple hoppers to improve cashflow.”

Innovative Technology also plan to debut their new age verification device (ICU) to the Bulgarian gaming industry.

Sasha continued, “ICU automates the age verification process by using clever machine learning algorithms to help combat underage gambling and assist premises and Operators comply with gambling restrictions and regulations. Boasting a high level of accuracy with a proven 96% success rate in detecting under 18’s, it provides a seamless service for the end-user as there is no need for customers to pre-register.”

Commenting on their involvement at BEGE, Sasha Kragulj, Business Development Manager concluded, “Eastern Europe is an important region for us, so we are looking forward to highlighting our innovative product range to BEGE visitors. Come along and see us on stand 3.9 to find out more.”

Read more about our full product range: https://innovative-technology.com/products/products-main

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Greentube scores in Croatia with Hattrick

George Miller

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Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has made its debut in Croatia after launching a premium selection of titles with Hattrick-owned online casino PSK.hr

The operator is the first in Croatia to go live with content from Greentube’s premium quality portfolio, including NOVOMATIC’s popular blue-chip titles which have been adapted for online channels. Apollo God of the Sun, Ultra HotTM deluxe and Xtra HotTM – slots with proven land-based success locally – are now available to PSK customers, in addition to local favourites Lucky Lady’s Charm™ deluxe and Book of Ra™ deluxe.

PSK is part of the Fortuna Gaming Group, through which Greentube has an established multi-brand and multi-jurisdictional agreement across Europe. The latest integration marks Greentube’s second European market entrance in recent months, after launching with two renowned operators in the newly regulated Swiss market.

Armen Tatarevic, Greentube Key Account/Sales Manager, said: “Entering Croatia is a real milestone for Greentube. PSK is the right choice for this journey given its large player base and brand awareness. We have already seen a great response from Croatian players and are thrilled to be able to provide the market with our online adaptions of popular land-based titles, as well as innovative new concepts.”

Bojan Molnar, CFO at Hattrick said: “Greentube’s casino games have a strong fan base in Croatia and we are already seeing keen interest from our customers. Being the first to offer NOVOMATIC blue-chip content online in Croatia has boosted the appeal of our brand with new and existing players and has given us an edge against the competition.”

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Ukraine’s Finance Minister Says Legalisation of Gambling can Bring Profit through Taxation

Niji Narayan

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Ukraine’s Finance Minister Says Legalisation of Gambling can Bring Profit through Taxation
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Oksana Markarova, the Finance Minister of Ukraine, has said that the legalisation of gambling in Ukraine can bring an estimated Hr 5-9 billion into state coffers through taxation.

Markarova also said that a gambling law has been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada and that revenues from the legalisation of gambling in Ukraine can be included in the country’s 2020 draft state budget.

“According to our conservative estimates, this is Hr 5-9 billion of the resource, which can be fully mobilized if everything works,” Markarova said.

The new law on gambling was finalised and submitted to the Verkhovna Rada in October 2019. It aims to legalise the gambling business across Ukraine, create and implement an effective state policy in the field of gambling regulation, as well as ensure the protection of the rights and legitimate interests of citizens.

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